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Columns

  • A question that can transform your life

    Just a Thought — By Rick Kraft

    I have a new test for you to use in the life you live. If you apply this test, it can change your life.

    Okay, that is a lot to say in an opening to a column, but read on...I know that there are many facets of your life. You have family, friends, organizations you are involved in, possibly a job, and so on.

  • Bail reforms not to blame for crime

    Another Perspective — By Leo M. Romero

    Reforms to New Mexico’s traditional money-based bail system will make our community safer by permitting judges to lock up defendants who are most likely to commit new crimes if released. And the reforms should not be blamed for the increase in crime reported in the press.

  • Dolores Huerta: ‘Sí se puede’

    Beth Speaks for Herself — by Beth Urech

    Co-founder of United Farm Workers. First Latina inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame. Awarded Presidential Medal of Honor by Obama. 87-year-old crusader for civil rights. Coined the phrase: “Sí se puede.”

    Before I heard Dolores Huerta, I wish I had known she was born in Dawson, just 100 miles north of here. What a great way to make a connection! When her parents divorced, she moved to Stockton, Calif., but still.

  • Following the space trails through New Mexico

    Here’s something you might not know: New Mexico has a “space trail,” which spans the ages at more than 50 locations around the state.

    From a mountaintop called Wizard’s Roost in Lincoln County, where prehistoric New Mexicans aligned stones to the summer and winter solstices, to Socorro County’s Magdalena Ridge Observatory, one of many modern-day astronomical observatories around the state, New Mexico is steeped in the history and development of space observation and exploration.

  • ‘Mockingbird’ flares up anew

    There’s a bit of irony in the following, which concerns a reheated topic of racism, as shown in the decision of several school districts to ban Harper Lee’s award-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

    Touching on Lee’s brilliant novel and of censorship leads me to make a couple of disclosures.

  • There's a severe shortage of mental health professionals

    This editorial was recently published in the Jacksonville (N.C.) Daily News.

    There is a national shortage of mental health professionals, and it’s being felt locally. Southeastern North Carolina and many other parts of the U.S. are seeing a shortage of all mental health providers.

  • One nation, under God —divisible

    Just a thought .... by Rick Kraft

    Today, I stood at the base of the flagpole at Fort Sumter and helped carefully unfold the United States flag. I assisted the ranger as he hoisted it up the pole so it could fly proudly over the island and the harbor.

    The flag that was taken down from the pole on April14, 1861 only had 33 stars. The one we raised today had 50. As I helped raise the flag I thought of the importance of the flag to our nation and what it represents.

  • OK,‘Spaceport America’ — your time is up

    One of the cruelest manifestations of illogical thinking is the sunk-cost fallacy. The irrational belief that a bad investment will, one day, pay off, if we just hold on a little longer, has led to plenty of sorrow in the private sector.

  • Why should local governments address climate change?

    By Rock G. Ulibarri —  San Miguel County Commission Chair

    Despite its small population, San Miguel County is bearing the brunt of global climate change caused by global human activity, including the release of greenhouse gas emissions.

    It’s widely acknowledged among the scientific community that the weather patterns that New Mexico and San Miguel Co. have been experiencing of late—including effects such as drought, floods, and wildfire—are heightened in severity by climate change.

  • DACA support in a conservative climate

    Last week, Lovington's school board went against the grain of its local politics. By a 3-2 vote, the municipal school board there passed a resolution supporting DACA recipients — a move that runs contrary to the conservative inclinations of this area of the state.